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I have spent a great deal of my life battling illness. I suffered from Crohn's Disease and eventually had abdominal surgery, thwarting the Crohn's and budding cancer cells. Since my surgery in 1995 I have been relatively free from Crohn's.When my disease was in remission. I don't think my husband realized how bad it could get, but he has stood by me. We adopted our son and later found out he had cerebral palsy, so he became my career. Dan has had two surgeries and is able to walk because of them. He is a college graduate and is employed as an Information Specialist. We are very proud of his accomplishements. I am now part of the retired generation and still getting used to the idea. I do enjoy crafting, traveling and being with family and friends. I am active in my church and feel that the hardships we endure are there to build our faith. I like to live life in the "now" as we never know how much time is left.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

This and That

One upon a time, the sun was shining and there was a light breeze.  My best friend, her grandsons and myself ventured out to Bay Beach Amusement Park in Green Bay to meet up with my niece (her stepdaughter) and her family.
 
It was nice just walking around, watching the kids enjoy the rides.  (Oh, I enjoyed the Scrambler, but one ride was enough for me!)
 


Next time I am going to go on The Zippin Pippin!  I challenged my niece to go on with me!  It is an old wooden roller coaster.  I don't like heights.  I don't like roller coasters.  The ride is short, and I think I should just bite the bullet and do it so I can say I did!
 


 
Went on the train with the littlest grandson.  He loves the train!  You get to see the grounds and this beautiful view of the bay.
 

 
 
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Found this at the thrift store!  Can't wait to hang all my belts, scarves and a few  purses on it!
 
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Did my nails last night with the  the Jamberry wraps.

 
I love the iridescent design on these!  You can't see the boo boos!


Friday, June 19, 2015

Surprise? I'm Back!

All about the food?
 
The last two weeks have been very busy.  A week ago Thursday our Red Hat group went to a dinner show.  The food was good/bad....some really good, some not so much.  The show was fun and I would probably do it again.


Friday my sister, my bff and I went to the Senior Center Fish Boil, the first of the season!  YUM!
 
This week has been Doctor week!
 
Monday we went to see my new urologist.  I am fine now, but needed to establish in case my Interstitial Cystitis flares up again.  I think it is very important to have a good rapport with your doctor.  I told her in no uncertain words that as I see it, she is working for me.  I expect her to be familiar with my case when she sees me (know why I'm there) and if she has to have her nurse call me.  She agreed!
 
When we got out, it was raining cats and dogs!  Hubby could have used the valet service, but opted to park his own car, so he had to go get it.  He waited for the rain to let up, which it did momentarily, but then the thunder cracked, and he got soaked!
 
I am officially an old woman!
 
Wednesday I had to see the dermatologist.  Good news, moles are normal.  I have an age spot on my leg (thought it was a funky mole).  The planter's wart on my foot is a corn!  Oh well, life could be worse!
 
Last periodontal appointment!
 
The periodontist had to have one last look.  All is okay.  She mentioned doing it again to some teeth on the side of my mouth.  I told her that at this time, I didn't think I wanted to go through that again, for financial reasons as well as going through the whole process!
 
Today I have off!  Woo hoo!
 
Maybe I will sew, or clean out my purses.  (I plan on a rummage sale next month).  Tomorrow is a 50% sale at the Thrift Store!  Then, a card class.  Busy, busy, busy.
 
Urgent Prayers Needed!
 
 
This good looking guy is our nephew on my husband's side.  He has a very important job with his county's Sheriff's Department.  He is round 40 and has a young family.  Yesterday morning he had a stroke.  He is in ICU and unable to speak.  Please pray!
 


Saturday, June 13, 2015

Time Out

I am taking a time out.  I don't write my blog daily like some do, but when I do, it just takes up too much of my time. 
 
It is Spring/Summer?  I want to do things.  I am so behind in everything.  I spend too much time on the computer.  I have to try and cut down.  Facebook sucks the time and life right out of me!
 
These are my thoughts this early Saturday morning.  I must hang the washed curtains back up at church (no, they don't hang in the sanctuary!)  I am going with my niece to visit my nephew and his fiancĂ©.   We are going to a parade and having a cookout.  I am looking forward to that.
 
Have a wonderful weekend!

Monday, June 8, 2015

What a Busy Week and Graduation Too!



Last week was such a busy week.  We had our monthly Red Hat meeting (dinner) on Tuesday night.
 
On Wednesday night I attended a retirement party for two of the nurses from where I worked for 11 years.  The doctor who they had worked for put on the party at a nice hotel with good food.  (one of my coworkers said they were only having snacks, so I ate dinner...big mistake)!  They had hummus, cheese, fruit, veggies, stuffed mushrooms, bacon wrapped water chestnuts, chicken wings, ham, buns, etc.  Of course, I had to eat a little bit of it.
 
It was so much fun!  He had invited many of us "old-timers" from the good old days, so it was like a reunion!  Things have changed so much at the old clinic.  Even the doctor feels like just another peon in money machine. It sure was nice to talk to everyone and catch up!
 
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I went for additional training for the TRUST car for the Senior Center. The Trust car takes seniors where they want to go for $1 a trip as long as it is within city limits.   The car is a Prius, so I have to get used to the power and park button, where the wipers are, etc.  I drove a bit, but the guy who was supposed to be training me, was a bit of a grump, so I ended my session after an hour.  I am scheduled to drive in July.
 
The next day I worked the desk at the Senior Center.

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Friday was my Godson's graduation.  Lincoln High School in Manitowoc (my Alma Mater) has the oldest most unique tradition of holding the graduation outdoors in the "bowl."   There is much pomp and pageantry.  The girls wear formals and the guys wear tuxes or suits.
 
 




 
 


 

My Godson and his friend walked together.

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Saturday was a nice sunny day.  We could have done yard work, but opted for a drive to Sturgeon Bay for Side Pork Fest.  We ate side pork (which comes from the belly of the pig), Jim had a few beers, listened to a crummy band, and had a good time!  We also went to Weinke's Market, a cheese store and a fish market for some yummy smoked chubs!

What a great week!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Fun Weekend, but Where is Spring?

The weekend goes too fast!  I never made it to the Hamilton Wood Type Museum.  I had such a case of sinusitis Saturday!  I was trying to do laundry, and my nose was running like a faucet!  I had a slightly sore throat and just felt yucky!  So I took an allergy pill, drank some honey and lemon tea and took my usual afternoon nap!
 
In the morning, I had gone through my "skinny" bin.  I found a pair of shorts, capris, and dress pants!  As I try things on, and they are too big, they will go in that bin.  So far I have only lost on the bottom!
My bust is as big as ever, just lower!
 
I had purchased some things online.  I often do from my favorite store, Christopher & Banks.  I
ordered one size smaller, and still, the items were too big!  So, Saturday, we went to Green Bay to exchange the items.  The skort didn't fit just right, a little big in the waist, but a belt will help.
 
 
It is a dark stone wash and has a rose pattern in it!
 
They didn't have these walking shorts in my size, so have ordered through the store...hope they fit!
 
 
Had to buy the next pair, as they fit PERFECT!
 
 
I probably have more capris than I need now!  At least the clerk, knowing that I'm a regular, took a coupon out of the drawer and applied it to my purchase!  It is too easy to shop with a credit card!
 
After shopping we went to Red Lobster.  I had a coupon for a free appetizer and the Lobster/Artichoke Dip did not disappoint!  The dinner was okay, but I probably could do better and on less money!
 
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Sunday I went to Stackfest as described by my best friend, Linda at  Linda Loves Chocolate.  It was so cold out!  We went early enough and went where we could sit inside a bar and grill and have a hamburger.  After about an hour, we went down by the river.  There were just a few people sitting there, so I thought maybe it was private property.  No, it was some high school friends of mine and their family! 
 
 
We are bundled up!  I wore a sweatshirt and heavier jacket over that!  We both have our winter hats on!  My friend Kathy, offered her my chair and a blanket as Linda went back to the car and came back with more blankets and chairs!  We were set and had front row seats!


What is left of Hamilton Industries.  There was a huge radius that was evacuated and blocked off!
 
video
 (I forgot to shut off my phone after the implosion.)
 
All of the fuss and for just a few seconds!  It took much longer for everyone to leave from the area and drive away!
 
 
 


Saturday, May 30, 2015

So Much Activity!

The weeks just fly by!  Can you imagine it will soon be June?
 
 Last week Saturday, I had my Wildtree party.  It was a success!  Many enjoyed the flavor of the foods you can make with the spice blends  and the fact that it is all organic, no nuts, low in sugar and sodium, and not GMOs!  My bff has booked a party for late July to make Freezer Meals.  This is such a money saver and time saver!
 
Earlier in the week I stopped at the thrift store looking for capris.  Mine are all too large!  Since the doctor has taken me off one medication (Abilify), I have lost at least 15 pounds!  I found two pair at the thrift store, but of course, one pair needs hemming.  I have so much hemming to do!  I should take one day a week just to catch up on all of it.
 
Wednesday, I almost forgot, I had a card class!  We made tri-fold cards.  I am glad that our instructor, Carolee, provided us with instructions to take home!  (those of us with iphones took a picture of the instructions).

 
 
The week before I finished a card I had been working on for my nephew.  It is called a box card for obvious reasons. 
 
 

 
Thursday was just a gorgeous day, so my sister and I took that day to go to the cemeteries.  There was our mom and dad, aunts and uncles, grandparents on both sides and our older brother and sister who both died before we were even born!  The flowers were all on sale at Walmart, so it was a good reason to put flowers on all of their headstones!   Mom thought once she was gone, it would be forgotten, but we will do it for her until we no longer can drive.
 
 
 
We visited our Aunt Caroline.  She is so isolated in her little village!  There is absolutely nothing there!  Her daughter has to take her out of town to the doctor or store.  Although she is 89, she still lives at home, and knows what pills to take and when.  She just gets around slower now.  It is no fun being the youngest left alive in the family.  You rarely get visitors!
 
We ate at our favorite restaurant on the way home.  It is a truck stop/diner and they have home made bread and pie!
 
Yesterday I had some training for the TRUST car.  That is the car that is owned by our city and used at the Senior Center to take people to their appointments within the city.  I enjoyed it, as you get to chat with several different people!  The car is a Prius and I will have to get used to starting it with just a power button!
 
Today we are going to the Hamilton Wood Type Museum.  They are having an open house.
 
Tomorrow is Stack Fest.  They will demolish the last remnant of Hamilton Industries, once a foundation of our city.  I have never seen an implosion before so I hope I get a good look.  It is kind of sad to see our history blown up, as the smokestack, was an iconic symbol for our city.
 
 
(This photo was taken by a friend of mine.  I couldn't take a better photo, that's for sure!)
   The fountain is in the park, and now that the factory is gone, all you see is the smoke stack!
 
Have a great day, and go with God!
 
 


Monday, May 25, 2015

This and That

This weekend has been cool and rainy.  A good time to do laundry!
 
Last week I was busy cleaning and getting ready to have my Wildtree party.
 
It was a success!  I had six orders and we had a fun time, munching on yummy foods,
dipping bread, drinking wine and laughing!  One of my friends made "freezer meals."
I gave her the grocery list and recipes.  She bought the Wildtree products that she needed for the meals and the meat.  Each meal comes to less than $3 per person.  I still have to make mine, but have to order more product.  I forgot to take pictures!  Arghhh!  You can see that it's not your run of the mill, meat and potatoes!
 
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I am feeling much better and am now eating without the plastic mouthpiece!  I think that thing is garbage now!  I was upset with my periodontist as she looked at me like I was lying or crazy when I told her my whole mouth ached and I was so nauseous.  I got more sympathy from the hygienist.  Later the doctor said it probably was from the mouth piece.  The graft healed nicely and the roof of my mouth is almost healed now.
 
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Saturday night = Date night.
We went out (our son included) to a new Mexican restaurant in town.  It was good.  Not really spicy and we would try it again.
 
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Did you know that I can yodel?  I don't do it much anymore and am not really good.  When I was little, my mom taught me how to yodel.  I would yodel for the customers in the bar at my uncle's resort (think fishing cabins) while I would swing on the tree swing.  I then would be rewarded with an ice cream bar!